Chargin’ Ahead

Dodge Charger SRT8 - 3/4 View

Image by sidehike via Flickr

It is time for me to update about my whereabouts.  Last Friday, I began my first journey alone and the Junior Activities Intern heading to the Wisconsin Angus Association State Preview Show. Little did I know all of the things that were in front of me.

I began my journey to the airport Friday morning, without my mirror fixed on my car, to Kansas City Airport. I was very nervous about finding The Parking Spot and getting to the airport as this was my first time for that. Effortlessly, all of this was accomplished and I made my way into the airport. I had to go through the new x-ray/screening/security process which was very intimidating but soon I was ready to go. My flight out to Milwaukee went rather well despite some turbulence, I just tried to sleep. As I was getting my luggage I began to ponder what kind of rental car I may be stuck with. I quickly became estatic like I was jacked up on Mountain Dew when I was handed the keys to a 2011 Dodge Charger (black with black interior). This was a HUGE bonus to my weekend and trust me, I was very reluctant to return it. The charger and I made our way toward Jefferson, WI were the show was located. With a little help from a friend we made it there safely. That afternoon I helped with the check-in process for the WLBA and WJAA shows which would be the following day. To say the least, it was very interesting. I also saw my first ever registered Lowline steers.



Calli and Kelli Love Flat Andy!

On Saturday, I helped with the WJAA show and then was asked if I would be announcer for the rest of the day. Having not much else on my agenda I figured it would be harmless for me to announce for a few hours. That few hours turned into a marathon of boredom as I announced until 5pm that night (mind you the show started at 9am with no breaks). Needless to say by the end of the show I was WAY over announcing. I then attended the WJAA meeting and hospitality night. It was great to meet with old friends and make new from the Wisconsin Junior Angus Association. What a great (small) and amazing set of individuals. I am very thankful that they were so welcoming as it eased nerves that I had had prior to the trip.

Sunday was the Wisconsin Angus Association State Preview show. A small but high quality show was a much more relaxing event and I didn’t have to announce. After the show concluded I found myself with lots of time to spare. I said farewell to friends and headed to the outlet mall for some browsing and shopping. Although the flight home was delayed, I eventually made it back to St. Joe safely to be greeted by my roommates who were having some Emily withdraws.

This post is getting long so I will make another with further updates. Pictures to be added at a later date.








Wyatt Hugh Copenhaver



Finally after two years I was able to meet my little “nephew” Mr. Wyatt Hugh…. unfortunately I had been unable to see him so far as my journeys had not lead me to the Missouri area. After a few minutes he had quickly warmed up to me. He has struggled a little bit with my name, so I have just become ME…haha. He is such a happy little boy with such a wonderful personality. He loves his tractors and his farm animals. I am so glad that I have finally been able to meet him. It reminds me of how simple life used to be, when you still got pushed around in a stroller and got a nap time. I can’t wait to watch as this little cutie grows up into a handsome young man. 

I have been talking lots of photos around the office and will take time next week to share post with what I have been doing at work as well as my travels. I will be heading to the state of Wisconsin next weekend for their state preview show, which is sure to be an adventure.


Well time to go lay by the kiddie pool!!!


Bleeding National Blue and Corn Gold

Sorry I haven’t posted in awhile, I have been battling bronchitis and finally feel like a human being again. This is the second time bronchitis has entered my lungs. I am beginning to think it feels welcomed however, I am going to have to inform it that we are not friends and my body would appreciate it if it would leave and never come back.

Moving on, many things have happened since my last post. To begin with, the University of Illinois Livestock Judging team and myself traveled to Tyson Packing Plant to practice for the Meat Animal Evaluation Practice Contest in Madison, WI. To say the least it was an eye opening experience. I was able to survive without passing out. I realize I am a cowgirl who has a passion for animals, but the reason I am not becoming a vet is because of 3 of my four biggest fears. BLOOD, NEEDLES, and PAIN. After spending a day in a large meat cooler with freshly harvested beef carcasses around me, I appreciated the people around me for what they do everyday. Working in Tyson is not something that I could wake up every morning and go do, and for the people that do I applaud and I enjoy the products they make available for me and thousands of others.


Tyson Beef

Moving on beyond that, the real point behind this post is to celebrate NATIONAL FFA WEEK. It’s the week to bleed National Blue and Corn Gold. I recently saw that some our celebrating this by posting their Facebook status as “FFA members and former FFA members, unite! Find a photo of yourself in your FFA jacket and post it as your profile photo. Leave it up for National FFA Week. Make this your status. Let’s turn Facebook NATIONAL BLUE!” and then changing their profile picture to a picture of them in FFA. Make sure you join the cause and do this!

The National FFA Organization is a wonderful organization that helps thousands of young adults mold into respectable individuals. It helps develop key skills that young adults will use the rest of their lives. During FFA, my wonderful advisor, Mr. Tim Reed, helped encourage me to go beyond my comfort zone and participate in things I wouldn’t have done on my own. I also had a wonderful livestock judging coach, Mr. Rodney Knittel, who taught me the basics of livestock judging and as a result I am now on the University of Illinois’ judging team. With the help of my mentors, I was able to receive my greenhand, chapter and state degrees, as well as being in the top ten for the Star Farmer award and being second overall with my beef proficiency record books. I was also able to serve as the Chapter President becoming the 3rd generation from my family to serve as the Southwestern Chapter FFA President. Lucky for me, my sister followed in my footsteps in that area. I was also able to serve as the Section 15 Vice President. FFA taught me about being a leader, public speaking skills, team building skills and how to have a successful team. I also learned organizational skills, responsibility and good record keeping. In reality, I could probably go on all day long with the things I learned from FFA.

Most importantly though, I got to participate in many wonderful contest and activities and meet the most amazing people who have become some of my lifelong friends. I want to take the time to thank Mr. Reed and Mr. Knittel for helping me become a successful individual.

judging team

Southwestern FFA Livestock Judging Team

Seniors 2008

Little Sissy n Me at my Senior Year FFA Banquet